Estimated Hospital Charges
Price Estimates for RMC Services
To better serve the community, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) has established a process to give estimated hospital costs to individuals upon request before services are provided.
Individuals can call the RMC Price Line to speak to a representative who will collect information about the service requested, the individual’s health insurance carrier, deductible and other information to estimate how much the individual will be responsible for paying.
RMC Price Line: 803-395-3000
Toll free in SC: 800-476-3377, ext. 3000
Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
South Carolina PricePoint
In conjunction with price estimates, RMC has voluntarily participated in the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) new web-based guide, www.SCPricePoint.org, which lists and compares hospital charges for specific hospital procedures and services at hospitals throughout the state. The data reflects charges from April 2013 to March 2014.
However, what hospitals charge and what most patients and insurers pay are two different things.
Hospitals are required to make available to the public a list of the hospital’s standard charges. Insurers have contractual arrangements with hospitals which determine the amount the insurer will pay for various services. Also, each patient (consumer) has a certain potential financial responsibility for the services they received based on the terms of their plan. Examples of the patient’s financial responsibility would be deductible, coinsurance or co-pays which vary by insurance plan.
SC PricePoint advises insured patients to talk with their insurance companies up front to find out what their out-of-pocket costs will be. What patients ultimately pay will depend on whether they have insurance as well as the type of coverage. Private insurers negotiate discounts with some providers, and government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid mandate hospital reimbursement payment rates.